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Outstanding ILS and cat bond prices tighten dramatically in February

15th March 2012

The secondary market for outstanding insurance-linked securities and catastrophe bonds showed a dramatic tightening of prices in February, according to Swiss based investment manager and private bank Clariden Leu in their latest fund performance report. This is notable for this market, say Clariden Leu, given that it is generally quite stable except for when responding […]

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Reinsurance price increases influencing new catastrophe bond prices

17th February 2012

Many reinsurers have been reporting price increases in their catastrophe renewal business for 2012 particularly in regions which have been affected by the high insured losses of 2011. According to Zurich based Plenum Investments, an investment manager with a focus on insurance-linked securities, the strong demand for catastrophe reinsurance has in some cases increased prices […]

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Secondary cat bond market trading muted in December

11th January 2012

Activity in the secondary catastrophe bond market was muted in December as many of the investors involved in the insurance-linked securities space turned their focus to collateralized reinsurance opportunities and the January renewals, says Plenum Investments, a Zurich based investment manager with a focus on the ILS asset class.

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How secondary cat bond pricing reacted to approaching hurricane Irene

9th December 2011

As hurricane Irene approached the U.S. eastern seaboard catastrophe bonds changed hands rapidly showing liquidity in the marketplace. we wrote about this before here just after the event, but an interesting graph from Guy Carpenters recent Q3 ILS market report really shows the fluctuation in secondary market cat bond prices much more vividly.

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Cat bond funds expect prices and returns to stabilise

20th November 2011

This year has been much harder than normal for the managers of cat bond funds and insurance-linked securities funds. More used to giving their investors great, non-correlated returns on a regular, monthly basis, cat bond funds have had to get used to monthly declines and a pattern of negative returns over the course of 2011.

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Secondary catastrophe bond market saw moderate activity in October

14th November 2011

The secondary market for catastrophe bonds and insurance-linked securities saw moderate trading activity during the month of October with some activity being sparked by the new cat bond issuances that came to market. Often when new deals launch investors adjust their portfolios to keep their diversification optimal and to allow them to take on some […]

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